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John Oliver Stands Up for "Showgirls"

  • By Sam Adams
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  • June 12, 2014 3:41 PM
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Oliver was meant to be honoring his HBO boss, but he got a look at the Museum of the Moving Image's calendar on the way to the stage.

Laura Poitras: "Press Freedom Cannot Be Taken for Granted in the U.K."

  • By Sam Adams
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  • June 12, 2014 3:06 PM
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The Pulitzer Prize-winning documentary filmmaker was scheduled to accept an award at Sheffield Doc/Fest, but declined because "the UK is not safe for me right now."

A History of Video Stores and Female Persona-Swap Films Added to the Critical Press' Library

  • By Sam Adams
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  • June 11, 2014 12:52 PM
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More forthcoming books announced from the burgeoning publisher.

Read Jeff Jarvis' Initial Proposal for Entertainment Weekly, and Time Inc.'s Negative Response

  • By Sam Adams
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  • June 11, 2014 10:52 AM
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In 1984, Jeff Jarvis thought the time was ripe for a magazine helping consumers deal with entertainment overload. Time, Inc. disagreed.

RIP 'The Young Ones' Rik Mayall

  • By Sam Adams
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  • June 9, 2014 11:59 AM
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The star of "The Young Ones" and "Drop Dead Fred" has died aged 56.

"People" Ditches Movie, TV Reviews

  • By Sam Adams
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  • June 2, 2014 11:32 AM
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With Time, Inc.'s magazine arm about to be spun off as its own company, its "cash cow" does away with its review sections altogether.

Ken Loach Thinks We Should Fire Critics and Replace Them With "Ordinary Punters"

  • By Sam Adams
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  • May 30, 2014 1:04 PM
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Ken Loach has generally had a good time of it with critics. But with what may be his last movie opening in the U.K., he says the feeling isn't mutual.

WATCH: Cannes Critics Talk Twitter Reactions and the Movies That Put Them to Sleep

  • By Sam Adams
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  • May 28, 2014 1:58 PM
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In a panel discussion, Alison Willmore (BuzzFeed), Eric Kohn (Indiewire), A.A. Dowd (A.V. Club) and Michael Phillips (Chicago Tribune) discuss how social media has changed the world's largest film festival.

Did Movies Help Push Elliot Rodger Over the Edge?

  • By Sam Adams
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  • May 27, 2014 12:03 PM
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Cinematic fantasies may have given the Santa Barabara killer his deadly sense of entitlement. But even if movies pushed him towards the cliff, it's the drop that matters.

New Sites on the Block: Eat Drink Films

  • By Sam Adams
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  • May 23, 2014 2:45 PM
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A new site devoted to the intersection of cinema and cuisine features a tribute to one of Disney's "Nine Old Men" and the director of "The Lunchbox" on Mumbai restaurants.